July 8, 1954
Henderson, Kentucky
A premature infant is abandoned on a porch

The newborn weighted only 2.5 lbs when she was found crying “like a kitten’s whining” on a woman’s porch. Doctors placed her in an incubator and police promised not to hold the mother accountable should she come forward within 24 hours to claim her baby, but no leads came about. The girl, known as “Unwanted Girl X” and “Little Miss Questionmark” died a week later on July 15, and was buried still unnamed.

(Her headstone reads her death day as the 16th, but newspaper articles and her death certificate state she passed away on the 15th.)

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